Symptoms Of Sinus Headache

How They Relate To Sinus Infections Symptoms

By: - Diseases & Conditions - November 30, 2011 Comments Off on Symptoms of Sinus Headache- How they Relate to Sinus Infections Symptoms
symptoms of sinus headache

The difficulty with treating those annoying headaches comes down to determining what type of headache you’re suffering from.  Treatments for headaches vary based upon the cause of the headache.  For example, a headache that is caused by migraine is not going to respond to the same treatment as that caused by sinus infection.   So how do you know if your headache is a sinus headache so that you can treat it accordingly?

Symptoms of sinus headache are different than those of headaches caused by other means.  Specifically:

  • Deep, significant pain in cheekbones
  • Pain in forehead and bridge of nose (not back of head or limited to one side)
  • Pain intensifies when bending over, turning the head or sudden up or down movement
  • Pain intensifies when pressure put on nose, forehead or cheekbones
  • Pain accompanied by nasal drainage
  • Fullness in the ears
  • Fever
  • Swelling in the face

If the symptoms of your headache do not match any sinus infections symptoms then chances are high that you are not dealing with a sinus headache.  Patients and doctors alike often misdiagnose migraines and tension headaches as sinus headaches.  But in reality, in the absence of sinus infections symptoms, the headache can’t be related to sinuses.  For it to be a sinus headache there must be inflammation in the sinuses.

Migraine is characterized by headaches that are so severe that they are utterly debilitating.  Migraine is often felt on only one side of the head and in a throbbing, rhythmic pattern.  If your headache makes you sick, gets worse when exposed to light or loud noises or intensifies with certain strong odours, youre dealing with a migraine, not a sinus headache.

Tension headaches can be as painful as migraine headaches but they are never localized to one section of the head, they don’t throb and are not affected by smells or light.  Most commonly tension headaches are described as a tight band around the whole head and often respond well to massage of the scalp along with over the counter analgesics.  You can usually get rid of these with over the counter pain medications.

If you are experiencing headaches of any kind that last a very long time or if you get these headaches daily or several times a week, you definitely should seek the assistance of a doctor. Headaches can be the symptom of other dangerous conditions that you should get treatment for as soon as possible.


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